This is one of those easy appetizers that screams holiday! This salty, creamy whipped feta is mixed with hummus to add even more creaminess and a hint of garlic. It is then topped with sticky, caramelized dates and sliced almonds which add an amazing sweetness and chew. It is finished with a hot maple drizzle, and served with crispy bread chunks for scooping up all of that deliciousness.
I saw a similar recipe on instagram by The Original Dish and decided we need a vegan version for the holidays! Greg and I could not stop eating – this stuff is so addicting. This recipe is featured in the new episode of my holiday YouTube series Liv’s Holiday Menu. You can’t have a holiday dinner or party without decadent appetizers, right? Normally I’m not an appetizer person but in November and December, give me all the cheesy, puff pastry, sweet and salty finger foods.
For the whipped vegan feta…
I used store-bought vegan feta by Violife and it works great! However, if you can’t find vegan feta cheese, any other soft vegan salt cheese should work. You can also make your own! A vegan cashew ricotta or tofu feta is fairly easy to make, and will be great in this recipe.
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Creamy, salty whipped vegan feta dip with sticky caramelized dates & almonds and topped with hot maple drizzle.
Sticky Caramelized Dates & Sliced Almonds
1 tbsp oil
10 dates, pitted and chopped
3 tbsp sliced almonds
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup
Whipped Feta Dip:
200g block of feta cheese, crumbled (or 1 cup homemade feta)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup hummus
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese (optional, for extra creaminess)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Hot Maple Drizzle:
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 baguette, ripped into chunks
2 tbsp oil
salt & black pepper to taste
In a frying pan on medium heat, add the oil, dates, almonds, cinnamon and brown sugar and stir to coat. Heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until sticky and caramelized. Set aside to cool (you can transfer to a small bowl so it doesn’t stick to your pan).
In a food processor, add all whipped feta ingredients and process until completely smooth and creamy. Spoon into a large shallow bowl and use your spoon to swirl and spread it around.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Place the bread chunks on a sheet pan and drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake about 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
Meanwhile, stir together hot maple drizzle ingredients.
When ready to serve, spoon chunks of the sticky dates & almonds overtop of the whipped feta. Spoon on the hot maple drizzle, then serve immediately with warm bread chunks. Enjoy!
Liv B is the recipe developer, video content creator, and photographer behind itslivb.com and the Liv B Youtube channel. She is the author of the best selling cookbooks Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget and Liv B's Easy Everyday. She lives and works out of her home with her husband and videographer/editor Greg, and their two dogs, Willa and Hazel.
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